Monthly Archives: February 2011

You can’t jump over your Nir Rosen

“Can’t jump over your own shadow” is one of my favorite sayings.  Like you, perhaps, I recall testing out its truth when I was a child.  More usefully, it speaks to a number of higher order syndromes that go under

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Sorry about the Logan tweets, this is what I meant to say, and let me say again I’m sorry

How 480 characters unraveled my career – Egyptian Protests –   So, given the opportunity here for some nuance, I feel I should explain the point I really was trying to make. Had Logan been a non-white, non-famous journalist,

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Dear Zionists, Get real, and maybe we can work something out. Sincerely, The Palestinians

Welcome to Palestine…now let’s reset the relationship   You can’t cover the sun with your palm, as an old Arab proverb has it. Your might and power, your clinging to great powers and their elites to protect yourself and maintain

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Uh, maybe Stuxnet wasn’t THAT big a deal?

Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility recovered quickly from Stuxnet cyber-attack The IAEA’s findings, combined with new analysis of the Stuxnet worm by independent experts, offer a mixed portrait of the mysterious cyber-attack that briefly shut down parts of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

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Not just a curveball, an out and out spitter on WMD in Iraq

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war | World news | The Guardian   The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied

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Game-changing “Punisher” Gun Debuts in Afghanistan to Rave Reviews

‘Punisher’ gets its first battlefield tests – Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Army Times   “No longer can the enemy shoot at American forces, then hide behind something,” said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller of Program Executive

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Israel’s Choices Starting Now

Egypt unrest could improve Israel ties – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News   To the 1978 Camp David Accords was attached an annex entitled “A Framework for Peace in the Middle East,” which included a commitment to withdrawal from

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Don’t Fall for the Democracy Aid Scam (and Why O Cut the Program)

Why Obama Shouldn’t Increase Democracy Aid to Egypt | The Middle East Channel   Returning to the big picture, the most fundamental problem with traditional democracy and governance programs is that they do nothing to change underlying power structures and

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What Did and Didn’t Happen in Egypt

Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality | STRATFOR   Of course, there is the feeling, as there was in 2009 with the Tehran demonstrations, that something unheard of has taken place, as U.S. President Barack Obama has implied. It

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The President’s Egypt Policy Worked

Mubarak Leaves at Last | Marc Lynch The Obama administration also deserves a great deal of credit, which it probably won’t receive.  It understood immediately and intuitively that it should not attempt to lead a protest movement which had mobilized

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